Crowd of soldiers receiving mail, California, 1942
Gift in Memory of Nicholas Patano
Photograph. Crowd of soldiers receiving mail, as seen from above. Personal caption on photo reverse: "This is the way we get around waiting for mail. Notice the smile on my face getting my mail." Probably at Camp Cooke, California. 1942
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Items from the service of T4 Nicholas J. Patano, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 1, 1916. He worked as a carpenter before he enlisted in the Army on June 21, 1941. Patano went overseas in February of 1944 and served as a Sherman tank driver with the 5th Armored Division, 81st Tank Battalion in the European Theatre. He participated in the Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe campaigns. Patano returned to the United States in September of 1945 and was Honorably Discharged on October 21, 1945. The collection includes over 200 photographs, a few documents and two objects.
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